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Workshop teaches benefits of biological ag
AN intensive one-day workshop
on cutting-edge strategies to
build profitability while reducing
reliance on chemicals is being
presented by Graeme Sait, a
world leader in biological agricul-
ture and the multiple benefits
linked to this approach.
This course offers insights into:
• The secrets of building soil car-
bon (for which you will soon be
• The multiple benefits of miner-
• Reducing reliance on increas-
ingly expensive petrochemicals.
• Gaining the biggest bang for
your buck in broadacre and hor-
• Managing pests and disease
with biology and nutrition.
• The importance of soil life and
its critical role in your bottom
• An understanding of humates,
the most exciting input in a holis-
• Foliar feeding, seed treatment,
microbe brewing, sustainable
herbiciding and other key biolog-
Graeme Sait is CEO of Nutri-
Tech Solutions -- Australia's
largest biological fertiliser
exporter. NTS works in more
than 40 countries and has trained
thousands of farmers around the
globe. Graeme has written 400
published articles and has
authored an internationally
acclaimed book entitled Nutrition
Rules! He is a sought-after nutri-
tion expert at conferences around
the globe and his passionate pre-
sentations are often described as
Key topics include increasing
efficiency and profitability, car-
bon sequestration (humus build-
ing), soil biology and microbe
management, mineral balancing,
sustainable pest management,
reducing reliance on petro-chem-
icals, stabilising phosphate and
magnifying fertiliser inputs.
No refunds will be given for
cancellations two weeks prior to
the seminar to cover pre-
arranged catering charges. The
course is heavily subsidised by
NTS in the absence of FarmReady
reimbursements until July 2011.
HE concept of a raw food
diet -- eating fresh foods
rather than processed
goods -- is rapidly gaining in pop-
Kym Pilkington is a raw food
convert who believes in the bene-
fits of eating fresh, raw, enzyme-
A local of the McLaren Vale
region, Kym is a non-smoker who
is fighting throat cancer after being
diagnosed in early 2009 at the age
of 40. After facing the prospect of
radiotherapy and chemotherapy,
followed by surgery that would
have caused the loss of her tongue,
teeth and sense of taste, Kym
looked for alternative treatments.
She has now eliminated
processed foods from her diet, and
90 per cent of what she eats is raw.
Kym grows her own vegetables
which she picks directly prior to
eating, and shops at the Willunga
Farmers Market every week to
source organically and biodynami-
She lists the benefits of her new
diet as healthy weight loss,
increased energy, healthier hair,
skin and nails, elimination of
aches and pains, and clearer eye-
sight and thought processes.
In her fight against throat can-
cer, Kym plans to travel to China
to access treatment not currently
available in Australia.
She will undertake a combined
Photodynamic Therapy and
Brachytherapy (radio seeds).
SPDT is a 100-year-old therapy
where patients ingest a photosen-
sitiser that is absorbed by cancer
cells and produces free radicals
that attack the cells. The treatment
has been greatly improved with
the use of modern technology and
is now safer, easier to administer
and more effective.
The treatment is not available in
Australia, and brachytherapy is
available only to prostate cancer
Kym is planning to video and
blog her experience so that other
cancer patients can be better
informed to make decisions about
their own treatments.
"There are so many South
Australians making the trip to
China for this treatment and other
people need to know that there are
alternative options available to
them," Kym said.
The cost of Kym's treatment is
around $75,000 and cannot be
covered by Medicare or private
health cover. A fundraising event
will be held at Penny's Hill Winery
on Saturday, February 12 to help
fund the treatments.
There are three ways to help --
get a group together and attend
the fundraiser, donate goods to the
silent auction or donate directly to
Kym's China Journey account.
• Need to know more?
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Location: Roseworthy Campus
Cost: $50 per person -- morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.
Contact: (07) 5472 9900.
with BILLY DOCKE, assistant manager
Willunga Farmers Market
Shop local for
GROCERY prices are steadily increasing while
quality is decreasing, thanks in large part to
flooding and cyclone damage in Queensland
The one guaranteed way to bypass these
price rises is to ensure consumers buy locally-
Farmers' markets supply only locally-produced
food items. Here, consumers have the ability to
question producers about all aspects of their
produce, from farming methods to what is in
Farmers' markets provide the ultimate oppor-
tunity for consumers to buy produce unspoilt by
the floodwaters that are pushing prices up
across Australia. Prices are steady and the pro-
duce is all of the highest quality. It has often
only travelled a few kilometres, compared with
items imported from interstate.
Produce is also sold much closer to the date
of harvest and has only been handled by the
Bypassing multiple middlemen ensures prices
remain steady as incidentals are removed, such
as transport and storage costs.
While buying groceries direct from the pro-
ducer is the way to get best value for money, it
also means producers are getting a viable
return because they cut all costs associated
Support of farmers' markets by both growers
and consumers will help to safeguard our
future. and flooding of the majority of
Australia's food bowl should be a wake-up call.
We can all do our bit to help Australia recov-
er from the floods by buying local and direct
from the farmer, to ensure farmers actually get
a fair return for their products and are not at
the whim of massive multinationals. It just takes
some guts to make that first leap.
On a more festive note, Willunga's inaugural
Christmas Twilight Market pulled the largest
crowd of the market's nine-year history.
Many stalls had a line up of shoppers prior to
the 5pm opening time, with some selling out of
stock before the halfway point. Some stallhold-
ers, like Blue Cottage Almonds, sold out of their
Market shoppers were shoulder to shoulder,
but all were patient and prepared to wait for
the top-quality fresh seasonal produce that
Willunga Farmers Market is renowned for.
The atmosphere was festive, with everyone
enjoying the perfect weather and entertainment
by local musicians.
WFM is looking forward to celebrating its
ninth birthday on Saturday, February 26, with
special guest Simon Bryant conducting a cook-
ing demonstration using fresh market produce.
WFM is open every Saturday from 8am to
• Need to know more?
Eat fresh foods
Research alternative treatments
China fundraising appeal
Raw Food convert Kym Pilkington is planning to video and blog her
experience so that other cancer patients can be better informed to make
decisions about their own treatments.
Raw food weapon in cancer fight
Meet the customer,
earn retail prices
Willunga Town Square
8am - 12.30pm
Now accepting applications
to trade from Fleurieu Peninsula
based primary producers
Enquiries 8556 4297
Phone 8554 2956
Specialising in certified organic
heirloom vegetables, handmade woodoven
sourdough breads, unique sea salts, tropical
honeys, spices & other RAW artisan products...
Old Telegraph Road
Online ordering -- www.beachorganics.com.au
nut oils &
Best wishes Kym
for your upcoming
trip from all of us at
Hardings Fine Foods
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